2015: A Year in Review

2015: A Year in Review #thelovelygeek

I’ve been so disorganized these last couple days. Eeek! But to start off 2016 I thought I would share my 2015 in review. I’m doing something a little different this time instead of my usual end-of-the-year survey. Thanks to Georgie for the inspiration, I’m summarizing the months in a few bullet points. I think this is a more accurate way to keep track of what happened in the past year rather than answering the same questions year after year with some of the answers staying the same.



  • Joshua and I ran the Life Skills booth to promote the Dave Ramsey class.
    Come say hi to the hubby and I! We're here to sign you up or answer any questions about @daveramsey #FPU! @greenvalleycc #FinancialPeaceUniversity #LifeSkills>
  • Joshua and I started our second round of co-coordinating Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at our church.
  • I turned 28 years old on February 7th. I got my nails done and went to the spa with my mommy followed by a delicious fondue dinner at The Melting Pot with Joshua.
    What a yummy birthday day dinner! I was so spoiled today!
  • Joshua and I started taking the Boundaries class at our church based on Dr. Henry Cloud’s Boundaries book.
  • Joshua’s dad and stepmom took us out to dinner at Cattlemen’s to celebrate our birthdays, and my parents took us out to Papa Gianni’s Ristorante.
  • Went on a company retreat to Bodega Bay for the weekend with Joshua and the Digital Gear team.
    Good morning! #bodegabay #companyretreat
  • Got to see Dave Ramsey and Chris Hogan live at their Smart Money event in Roseville with my fellow FPU coordinators.
    Here with @joshua300td and my fellow #FPU coordinators to see @daveramsey and #ChrisHogan for the #SmartMoneyTour! So excited! Can't believe one year ago Joshua and I were just getting to know this Dave Ramsey guy and now he's such a big part of our lives


  • Joshua’s adopted dad and brother started and completed our backyard makeover. By the end of the month our backyard was beautifully landscaped thanks to them!
    Backyard Makeover Reveal
  • Went to Santa Cruz for a weekend with my mom to see my sister’s choir recital. It was nice to have a small getaway by the beach. We stayed at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, my favorite hotel, and had the most gorgeous view of the boardwalk and beach; we even got to witness a paddleboard race first thing in the morning. We had dinner at the Saturn Cafe and breakfast at The Crepe Place.
    Hello, Santa Cruz.
  • Went to Early Toast for the very first time and thus began one of many visits as it became our favorite brunch place.
  • There was a crazy domestic dispute that went bad in our neighborhood one early morning. We were woken up at 3:30am to gunshots followed by a house on fire.
  • Had an appointment with my primary care physician to discuss my difficulties getting pregnant so far. While I was only 6 months into trying, it was still worrisome. He had lab work done on both Joshua and myself, and while Joshua checked out 100%, I was told I had a Vitamin D deficiency.
  • Joshua and I saw Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles with his dad and stepmom.
    Excited to be here with @joshua300td and his parents! #TheBeatles #Fab4 #LetItBe #RainTribute #AbbeyRoad
  • Watched the final episode of Glee. I stopped watching after Cory Monteith passed away because I already didn’t like the direction the writers were taking the story and once Cory passed away there was no point. Watching the last episode was very bittersweet.
  • Saw the movie Cinderella. Super cute – made my heart happy!
  • The closest Chili’s to my house announced it would be closing at the end of the month. Sad, sad day.
  • Decided to try our Blue Apron’s meal service hoping it would encourage me to cook more.
    Tonight's #blueapron meal: Turkey Chili with Avocado & Cheddar Cheese. I don't like avocado, and I forgot to put the cheddar cheese in the fridge; instead I used a shredded jack mix.
  • Saw the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.




  • Had lunch with one of my teachers from college, Bill.
  • Had breakfast with my previous client from CGA whose site I launched right before I left. He usually takes the team out for a thank you lunch, but because I left he took me out to breakfast separately.
  • Went to Joshua’s stepmom’s parent’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
    Me and @joshua300td at his grandparents' 50th anniversary bash!
  • My Aunt Gigi came to California for a visit and she got to see Dani for the first time since she was a baby and meet Joshua for the very first time.
    Had brunch with my Aunti Gigi and Uncle Paul in Santa Cruz! Haven't seen her in 11 years! #familyreunion
  • My sister graduated from UC Santa Cruz with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology!
    Me with Dani at her graduation from UCSC
  • I started working at Three29 as a UI/UX Designer.
  • I got an Apple Watch!
    This just happened! #applewatch #applewatch38mmpink
  • Saw the movie Jurassic World.
  • I went to the Sac Ad Club Summer Mega Mixer with a couple of my Three29 team members. Got to network with a lot of people, and it was a nice way to start getting to know my coworkers.
  • My longtime friend Kelli got married in Florida back in February and they held a California reception. It was the first Joshua and I got to see Kelli and her husband  since our honeymoon. At the time her husband was just her boyfriend. A lot happens in five years!
    Kelli & I - 5 years ago and 5 years later
  • I went to a Rivercats game with my Three29. It was our end of the quarter event as a team.


  • Went on the First Sunday Drive with the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Sacramento Section. The drive started in Sacramento and ended in Auburn.
    @joshua300td and his dad brought their Benzes to the Mercedes-Benz Club First Sunday Drive! #sacramentosection #firstsundaydrive #mercedesbenz
  • Saw the movies Inside Out and Terminator Genisys.
  • Had my lifestyle photo for Three29 taken.
    Me shopping at West Elm
  • I started yoga classes at the local studio right by my house.
  • Celebrated the 4th of July at a BBQ with my friend Danielle’s family.
  • My dad visited me at work for lunch and got to meet some of my coworkers.
  • I had my very first session with our business coach Sandra. Definitely one of the best things about my job!
  • Went out to a special Design Department breakfast with my boss and Art Director.
  • Celebrated Danielle & Adam’s engagement! They asked both Joshua and I to be part of their bridal party.
    She asked, and I said yes! Honored to be your bridesmaid @daniellecmills! #bridesmaid #datwedding2016
  • My niece Renee turned six years old!
    Renee being silly <3
  • Checked out Bobby’s open house at the Sheriff’s Training Academy.
    The Whole Family at Bobby's Open House



  • Spent the month doing a makeover in my laundry room.
  • Dani and Danielle joined Joshua and I on the Mercedes-Benz First Sunday Drive.
    The BF3 ready for the Mercedes-Benz First Sunday Drive!
  • Our shed finally got fixed and updated and we had a tree cut down in our backyard.
  • My brother in-law Bobby graduated from the Sheriff’s Academy.
  • Had another visit with my Aunt Patty & Uncle Steve in Tahoe.
  • Started Dave Ramsey FPU again. This time Joshua and I each had our own small groups instead of leading a small group together.
  • I had a doctor’s appointment to discuss my acne issues relating to PCOS. I got put on antibiotics (Clindamycin) and started IPL laser treatments.
  • Had our second end of the quarter event for Three29 in which we spent the afternoon hanging out at the Sac State Aquatic Center.
  • Dani and Mom visited me at work and then we went out to dinner.
  • Mr. Big turned two years old!
    Happy 2nd birthday to my weenie @mrbigthedoxie! #mrbig #dachshund #doxie #weenie #weeniewithaweenie
  • Celebrated the launch of The Kitchen Restaurant website with a little happy hour at Ella with the client and my project manager.
    Had suck a good time tonight with @kara_ricks celebrating the launch of @thekitchenrestaurant website! Go team @three29media!


  • Finished our laundry room makeover.
    Laundry Room
  • Went to Joshua’s high school reunion.
    At @joshua300td's 10 year high school reunion! #pondo05reunion
  • Saw the Steve Jobs movie.
  • Celebrated Halloween at work by dressing up as Wednesday Addams.
    Happy Halloween! #three29 #halloween #halloweencostume #officefun #wednesdayaddams #katnisseverdeen #chickmagnet



  • Counted down the days till Star Wars wearing a different Star Wars shirt each day.
    12 days till #StarWars!
  • Celebrated Dani’s 23rd birthday.
    Happy 23rd Birthday to my best friend in the whole wide world! I'm so happy and blessed I get to call you sister!
  • Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens and despite a certain character’s fate, it was a wonderful movie.
  • Went out to a nice dinner and toured several local breweries for the Three29 Holiday Party.
    The 2015 Three29 Holiday Party Gang
  • Got to see Joshua’s dad perform in the annual GVCC Christmas musical.
  • Had a wonderful Christmas with family! We spent Christmas Eve and morning with Joshua’s family, and I hosted Christmas dinner for my family.
    Merry Christmas from @mrbigthedoxie ! #mrbig #dachshund #doxie #weeniewithaweenie #christmasweenie
  • Dani and I got to see our friend in the broadway show Pippin.
    Yay! Here with @daniloo to see @laurahappyhall in #pippinthemusical #sacmusicals


Congratulations to your sister on graduating! 😀 Also I adore that photo of you and the girls in the Benz. It’s so cute!

It sounds like you had a really eventful year with lots of friends and family. I love seeing other people with their families since I don’t get to spend a lot of time with mine – nearly all of them are overseas. Looks like we both went through job changes too, I hope yours has been treating you well! Your post also makes me realise I have been meaning to see more musicals and totally have not been doing that at all in the past couple of years.

Wednesday Addams – I can’t remember if I read that about that before or not, but I dressed up as her for a couple of Halloweens and dress parties because I liked putting my own spin on her. I did a ‘grown up’ Wednesday by wearing heels and a ‘version’ of her dress – it wasn’t exactly the same but I had a black button-up shirt that was half white, and a mid-length tube skirt, and I parted my hair in the middle but didn’t braid it. I enjoyed doing that.

I hope your PCOS has become easier to deal with over time. My best friend was diagnosed some years ago and I know two other girls who have it – it’s strangely more common than I realised. It always seems to be a tough road finding the right treatment but I hope it gets better for you. Lady problems suck and I’m personally in the process of figuring out what has been causing unusually excruciating monthly pains. 🙁

Lots of love for 2016! 🙂 🙂

I’m jealous of your fondue dinner!! Mmmmm… Congrats on 5 years of marriage 🙂

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